Miracle cures, compulsion and talking bodies – New Health Books in June

This month, explore areas of medical science that are often overlooked, such as sense of taste and the science of flavour, and research into compulsive behaviour. Take a look at the groundbreaking research of a Nobel Prize Winner, and at the history of antibiotics and how it changed humanity’s relationship with nature. Books on menopause, anxiety and  postpartum depression are also showcased this month, so make sure you have a browse!

Syndetics book coverMiracle cure : the creation of antibiotics and the birth of modern medicine / William Rosen.
“As late as the 1930s, virtually no drug intended for sickness worked; doctors could set bones, deliver babies, and offer palliative care. That all changed in less than a generation with the discovery and development of a new category of medicine known as antibiotics. William Rosen captures this scientific revolution with all its false starts, lucky surprises, and eccentric characters. Timely, engrossing, and eye-opening, this is a must-read science narrative combining science, technology, politics, and economics to illuminate the reasons behind one of the most dramatic changes in humanity’s relationship with nature in history!” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

Syndetics book coverFlavor : the science of our most neglected sense / Bob Holmes.
“Can you describe how the flavor of halibut differs from that of red snapper? How the taste of a Fuji apple differs from a Spartan? For most of us, this is a difficult task: flavor remains a vague concept that we don’t know enough about to describe, or appreciate fully. Journey into the surprising science of the sense of flavor with veteran New Scientist correspondent Bob Holmes as he outlines narrative principles in neurobiology and modern food production to reveal the broad range of factors that can affect one’s appreciation of what we consume.” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

Syndetics book coverOn edge : a journey through anxiety / Andrea Petersen.
“A wry, sympathetic, bracingly honest account of living with anxiety, coupled with deep reportage on the science of anxiety disorders. Andrea Petersen was first diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at the age of twenty, and began a journey that took her from psychiatrists’ offices to yoga retreats to the Appalachian Trail. Woven into Petersen’s personal story is a fascinating look at the biology of anxiety and the groundbreaking research that might point the way to new treatments.  Brave and empowering, this is essential reading for anyone who knows what it means to live on edge.” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

Syndetics book coverCan’t just stop : an investigation of compulsions / Sharon Begley
“Do you check your smartphone continuously for messages? Or perhaps do the weekly shop with military precision? Maybe you always ensure the cutlery is perfectly lined up on the table? Compulsion is something most of us have witnessed in daily life. Sharon Begley’s meticulously researched book is the first of its kind to examine the science behind both mild and extreme compulsive behaviour; using fascinating case studies to understand their deeper meaning and reveal the truth about human compulsion.” (Adapted Amazon Review)

Syndetics book coverThe telomere effect : a revolutionary approach to living younger, healthier, longer / Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD ; Elissa Epel, PhD.
“The New York Times bestselling book coauthored by the Nobel Prize winner Dr Elizabeth Blackburn who discovered telomerase and telomeres’ role in the aging process and health psychologist Dr Elissa Epel, who has done original research into how specific lifestyle and psychological habits can protect telomeres, slowing disease and improving life. The Telomere Effect explains this groundbreaking research and how we can make simple changes to keep our chromosomes and cells healthy, allowing us to stay disease-free longer and live more vital and meaningful lives.” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

Syndetics book coverSod sitting, get moving! : getting active in your 60s, 70s and beyond / Diana Moran and Muir Gray.
Sod Sitting, Get Moving! is the must-have guide to keeping fit and healthy in your sixties, seventies and beyond. As we get older too many of us spend our time sitting and not exercising. This is a call to arms, a bonfire of the slippers! With easy exercise ideas created by Green Goddess and health and fitness expert Diana Moran, with text from Sir Muir Gray, author of the bestselling Sod Seventy!, this is the perfect present for yourself, or for anybody turning sixty, seventy or eighty!” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

Syndetics book coverIf our bodies could talk : a guide to operating and maintaining a human body / James Hamblin, M.D
“In 2014, James Hamblin launched a series of videos for The Atlantic called “If Our Bodies Could Talk.” Now Hamblin explores the stories behind health questions that never seem to go away such as: Can I “boost” my immune system? Does caffeine make me live longer? Do we still not know if cell phones cause cancer? How much sleep do I actually need?  In considering these questions, he draws from his own medical training and from hundreds of interviews with distinguished scientists and medical practitioners.” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

Syndetics book coverThings that helped : essays / Jessica Friedmann.
“In this stunning collection, Jessica Friedmann navigates her journey through postpartum depression after the birth of her son. Drawing on critical theory, popular culture, and personal experience, her wide-ranging essays touch on class, race, gender, and sexuality, as well as motherhood, creativity, and mental illness. Occasionally confronting, but always powerfully moving and beautifully observed, Things That Helped charts Jessica’s return into the world: a slow and complex process of reassembling what depression fractured, and sometimes broke.”(Adapted Syndetics Review)

Syndetics book coverMenopause : the answers / Rosemary Leonard.
“Every woman experiences menopause, but with an abundance of advice on your body’s changes, how do you know what to believe? In this definitive guide, Dr Rosemary Leonard debunks some of the myths surrounding menopause, including why ‘perimenopause’ is a layman’s term, and the pros and cons of HRT. Covering everything from hot flushes, changes to your menstrual bleeding pattern, how to tackle sex after menopause, and advice on alternative remedies, this book is the comprehensive bible on how to navigate your body’s changes.” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

The Pursuit of health and happiness

From understanding what actually happens before we are born to unravelling the causes and finding cures to our ailments, we are on a lifelong quest for answers in the hope that we can make our lives and our childrens’ better, healthier, happier and more fullfilled.
This month’s selection is a mine of advice and knowledge on this path.

syndetics-lcNatural Solutions to IBS
“How to relieve the symptoms of IBS and heal your digestive system.
One in five people are affected by Irritable Bowel Syndrome. If you are one of them, then you know that the medical profession can do little to relieve this distressing condition. Luckily, help is at hand. Leading nutritionist Dr Marilyn Glenville, PhD, has applied her many years of clinical experience to bring you a lasting solution. Full of practical nutritional advice, as well as suggestions for ways to help tackle emotional wellbeing, this brilliant book offers the vital support that you need.” (From publisher)

syndetics-lcThe Aging Cure
“You can drop the most amount of belly fat ever, 80 pounds or more, and instantly reverse aging with Jorge Cruise’s, ‘The Belly Fat Cure’. This powerful tool for your ultimate success unveils the three proven scientific secrets to effortlessly reach your goal weight fast, plus reduce visible aging and add vibrant years to your life with increased longevity. Your journey to maximum health begins in the kitchen with tasty, anti-oxidant rich meals. If you’re ready to look, feel and be younger starting today, then dig in”. (Syndetics)

syndetics-lcThe rough guide to men’s health
“Spiralling work stress, junk food overload, and makeover madness all make staying healthy seem a taller order than ever before. The Rough Guide to Men’s Health provides you with everything you need to know to ensure your lifestyle isn’t at war with your health. Avoiding flabby waffle and well being puritanism, features include:
– Wherever, whenever – down-to-earth health advice whether you are in the kitchen, the bedroom, the gym, out on the town or simply looking in the mirror;
– How to improve performance – life coach strategies aimed at optimizing your outlook so you can feel your best every day;
– Wear and tear – identifying the causes of health problems and what to do about them, with “how it works” features on key problem areas like the back and gut and how to cope with sport’s injuries, and;
– Tooling up: getting back into shape, sex and relationships, returning to work, and staying sane plus the low down on supplements.” (From amazon.co.uk)

syndetics-lcLight on Prāṇāyāma
“The definitive guide to yogic breathing from B.K.S. Iyengar, the world’s most respected yoga teacher.
B.K.S. Iyengar has devoted his life to the practice and study of yoga. It was B.K.S. Iyengar’s unique teaching style, bringing precision and clarity to the practice, as well as a mindset of ‘yoga for all’, which has made it into a worldwide phenomenon.
His seminal book, ‘Light on Yoga’, is widely called ‘the bible of yoga’ and has served as the source book for generations of yoga students around they world. In ‘Light on Pranayama’, he establishes the same definitive level of authority on the art of breathing.
For the serious yoga practitioner, the study of Pranayama is an essential. This work, from the most respected yoga teacher in the world, B.K.S. Iyengar, offers the most comprehensive and instructive work available in the world. With 190 photos of B.K.S. Iyengar himself, the book highlights a progressive 200-week practice, highlighting the best techniques and the common errors in them.” (From amazon.co.uk)

syndetics-lcThe Beauty detox foods
“In her bestselling book, The Beauty Detox Solution, Kimberly Snyder—one of Hollywood’s top celebrity nutritionists and beauty experts—shared the groundbreaking program that keeps her A-list clientele in red-carpet shape. Now you can get the star treatment with this guide to the top 50 beauty foods that will make you more beautiful from the inside out. Stop wasting your money on fancy, expensive beauty products and get real results, while spending less at your neighborhood grocery.– Enjoy avocados and sweet potatoes for youthful, glowing skin
– Snack on pumpkin seeds for lustrous hair
– Eat bananas and celery to diminish under-eye circles
With over 85 recipes that taste as good as they make you look, you can finally take charge of your health and beauty—one delicious bite at a time.” (From amazon.com)

syndetics-lcDo chocolate lovers have sweeter babies
“Jena Pincott writes about the quirky, under-the-radar side of science and, while pregnant, found herself wondering how her baby’s gestation might tinker with her body and how her body was shaping the future development of her unborn child. She started to ask questions that her doctors couldn t always answer and uncovered unexpected answers in scientific journals. Why do thinner women have more daughters? What do foetuses actually learn when they eavesdrop? How does Grandma’s diet affect her unborn grandchild? Drawing on her scientific background Jena Pincott writes about the hidden science of pregnancy. Here is a fascinating supplement to the typical maternity guide, delving into biology, neuroscience, evolutionary psychology and epigenetics, Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies gives a deeper understanding to what is physically, and psychologically, happening to a woman during pregnancy. Where does the maternal instinct come from? Does stress sharpen your baby’s mind or dull it? What mind control chemicals are in breast milk, sweat and tears? It will satisfy every pregnant woman s curiosity about life’s most mysterious process through the newest, most interesting and, sometimes, controversial discoveries being made by science.
Jena Pincott explores topics including: How does pregnancy change the behaviour of mothers and fathers? What factors influence a baby’s gender? Are bossy women more likely to have boys? As well as science the author draws on humour and her own experience, answering the many questions that trouble all mothers”. (Syndetics)

syndetics-lcMigraine
“Migraine disease affects over 30 million people in the U.S. alone. Murray, a nurse and former college professor, shows readers how to develop their own wellness plan and regain control of their lives.
Migraine explains how to:

  • Identify headache types and triggers
  • Break the cycle of medication dependence
  • Create a self-care plan that combines eastern therapies (yoga, meditation, biofeedback, and reflexology) with conventional western medical approaches (physical therapy, chiropractic) to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks and achieve wellness
  • Murray explains the cause of the disease, where it comes from, and the difference between primary and secondary headache types, along with the impact of injuries and diseases which may occur alongside migraine disease. She looks closely at both Eastern and Western medicine to help readers understand their unique headache patterns and minimize, or abort, migraine attacks. Tables and charts provide at-a-glance reference points.” (From amazon.co.uk)

    syndetics-lcSarah Vaughan is not my mother
    “In the tradition of The Bell Jar and Girl, Interrupted comes a stunning autobiographical account from a 29-year-old New Zealander. A creative, intelligent young woman with a loving family, in her first year of university MaryJane starts to experience nightmarish delusions and hallucinations. Her journey into madness has begun. She drops out, turns to drugs, and spends eight years in and out of psych wards, police cells, drug hangouts and on the streets. In this book she vividly describes what it is like to live with voices in your head, to lose your freedom, and to despair of ever being well again.” (From publisher).

    syndetics-lcOCD – Help for families and friends
    “Are you living or working with someone who has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? Perhaps it’s your partner or child; a parent, close friend or work colleague? Diagnosed as often as diabetes, the condition can lead both sufferers and those around them to feel isolated. However, you are not alone. This practical guide enables families, carers and friends to provide invaluable support for those with OCD. It aims to inform those living alongside OCD about the condition and to provide clear and compassionate strategies for them. With this new understanding, readers will feel better able to cope better with OCD manifestations. Commonly-experienced emotions such as bewilderment, frustration and sadness will gradually subside. The Essential guide to OCD includes interviews with those at the rock-face: relatives, friends and colleagues of those with OCD. The latest medical advances and effective treatments, such as CBT, are also explored with insight from mental health professionals. Helen Poskitt has written a chapter for Taking Control of OCD on the subject. Her novel, Rising to the Surface (Chipmunka), featured a heroine with OCD and is currently being re-issued. The author has spoken at two OCD Action Conferences; she has also written several blogs for the OCD Action website.” (From publisher)

    syndetics-lcDyslexia and ADHD
    “One man’s quest to help his daughter led to the start of a whole new way of treating learning and attention difficulties, and this is his astounding story. When she was only nine years old, Susie Dore was diagnosed as dyslexic and told that nothing could be done to help her. Her increasing depression eventually led to three suicide attempts. Wynford set about finding a way to help her, selling his multimillion-dollar business and pouring his fortune into researching dyslexia and learning difficulties. His team of researchers showed that, almost invariably, these problems are caused by an incomplete physiological development and that an answer to them might be found in a specialized exercise program. This revolutionary book captures the findings that Dore proponents believe will change the way dyslexia and ADHD are approached forever. It explains the theory behind the ideas and, through a series of case studies, demonstrates the success stories and how these ideas have changed the lives of so many for good.” (Syndetics)